Is it ORGANIC?
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Is it Organic?
Finally, debate on organics!
Bob Quinn is a lifelong organic farmer from Montana with over 4,000 acres under his management. He agrees – to a point – that there’s far too much paperwork in the organic industry and that there should be more testing to weed out fraudsters. But he disagrees completely with the proposal to perform at least one-test, per-farm, per-year, and also disagrees with the idea of letting up for even one minute on attacks against genetic engineering which he believes is bad for farmers, bad for consumers, and ultimately bad for the environment.
Mischa Popoff is a former USDA-contract organic inspector who works as an author and public speaker in defense of modern, science-based agriculture. He grew up on an organic farm, and still believes in the principles of organic farming, but maintains that it was a huge mistake for the organic sector to rely on record-keeping and record-checking instead of field testing. He also thinks it’s high time for organic activists to quit trying to scare consumers by attacking the science of genetic engineering, and get back to showing positive reasons why people should buy organic food.
Mark Kastel is the founder of The Cornucopia Institute, a policy research group based in Wisconsin. He believes that across-the-board organic field testing is not the answer to ensuring organic food is safe and genuine, and prefers spot testing instead, combined with the current system of exhaustive record keeping. And, like Mr. Quinn, he does not want anyone in the organic industry to let up on the sustained attack being leveled against genetic engineering, along with synthetic pesticide and fertilizer use.
If you are interested in hosting a debate between Mr. Popoff and Mr. Quinn and/or Mr. Kastel, or in sponsoring such a debate, please get in touch with the three participants.
Bob Quinn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mischa Popoff: email@example.com
Mark Kastel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Murphy: email@example.com
It’s been almost 70 years since a debate of this sort was held between organic promoters and the conventional farm sector. It took place at the Alliance Hall in London in November of 1945, and was called an “Encounter.” And, sadly, it marks the first and last time people from the organic movement publicly debated the conventional agricultural sector.
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Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S. and USDA-contract IOIA Organic Inspector
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Is it Organic?